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Police: Nazareth Man Wrote Apology in Blood After Breaking Wife's Neck

After attempting suicide, Jason Gruver, of the 400 block of Union Street, allegedly wrote an apology in his own blood because he believed he had killed his wife.

On his 28th birthday, a Nazareth man learned he could face up to 34 years in prison if found guilty of choking his wife and breaking vertebrae in her neck.

After the domestic dispute, Jason Gruver, of the 400 block of Union Street, attempted suicide by cutting his wrist, according to court records, because he thought he had killed his wife.

The victim’s sister later found an apology. On the walls of a shower and allegedly scrawled in Gruver’s blood, according to court records, was the message, “I’m sorry. I ♥ u so much.”

The domestic dispute was called in at 5:46 a.m. Sunday, July 15, according to court records. Pennsylvania State Police was covering for the Nazareth Borough Police Department at the time, borough Police Chief Thomas Trachta said.

State Police responded and the victim was transported to in Fountain Hill, court records say. One of the victim’s doctors, according to court records, confirmed that her injuries were consistent with strangulation at the hands of another.

Gruver was admitted to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg for treatment, records say.

Nazareth police became aware of the domestic dispute at 10:40 p.m. Sunday, when Officer Benjamin Rizzotto was dispatched to the 400 block of Union Street for a report of bloodstains found throughout a home that belonged to the 911 caller’s sister, according to court records.

Rizzotto observed bloodstains on the front door, the top of the stairway, in the hallway, outside the bathroom and inside the bathroom, records say.

There was also “a large amount of illegal drugs inside the home,” according to court records.

Gruver, who is employed by Yourway Transport in Upper Macungie Township, was arraigned Monday before . His jeans appeared to be stained with blood, and a bandage was visible on his left wrist.

He was charged with one count each of aggravated assault, criminal attempt, recklessly endangering another person and harassment, and two counts of simple assault.

The aggravated assault charge alone carries up to 20 years in prison and $25,000 in fines.

Capobianco ordered Gruver to have no contact with the victim or her family.

When Gruver asked if he was allowed to see his daughter, who is currently in the custody of the victim’s sister, Capobianco also said “no." 

“No contact right now,” Capobianco said of Gruver and his daughter. “I don’t want to get into custody, but right now… no.”

Trachta said the girl was not home at the time of the domestic dispute.

Gruver was committed to Northampton County Prison in lieu of $100,000 straight bail.

Mary July 17, 2012 at 07:59 PM
gotta love state police coverage....Wake up Nazareth Borough....this is what our tax dollars are paying for
mar janes August 11, 2012 at 12:00 AM
I heard the woman is now paralyzed from the neck down and can't even breathe on her own.
mar janes August 12, 2012 at 03:17 AM
Update: this woman will be on the ventilator for good. No movement below neck, feeding through a tube only and cannot speak. She wants to be taken off the vent but was told it is up to her husband in PA. He won't ever agree to that because it elevates his charge to murder. His parents are idiots saying he needs to be released from jail and get back to work to "support his family." Excuse me????? Their son should rot in hell forever!!!!
mar janes August 12, 2012 at 03:21 AM
Furthermore her little two year old daughter has lost her mother. She will at best, live a sad, 100% dependent life in a nursing home. What does that mean? Bedsores? most likely. She will languish in a terrible state of being. Where is the justice here?
mar janes August 12, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Let me continue that, Bedsores, pneumonia bouts, infections, boredom, incredible loneliness and depression and if merciful God decides it, an early death. And a little daughter that gets to watch this all slowly happen to her mother. This youong woman only has her sister for support, a young mother of 2 who is struggling, yet she, on her sisters behalf must fight the legal system to get her sister out from under her husband's guardianship so she may decide to get off of the ventilator and move on and out of this tomb of a body that now traps her for life. Although her husbands family has money, they are not giving one dime to help their son's victim or their granddaughter. Where is justice here?
bm October 04, 2012 at 05:36 AM
Mar janes what do you know about his family? Lol let me tell u i agree with how unfortunatethis situation is i as a mother wouldn't be a able to put up with it. But please as for his mother not trying to help with their daughter? What do u know ill fill u in hun she has tried to be ther for that child and all she has gotten has been cursed at and threats she has nothing to do with what happened and as for Maria she breathes on he own and incase you don't know nothing is how every one made it out to be everything was an accident . Any ways to each it own Jason is a good father that would never hurt a women trust and believe I know.
bm October 04, 2012 at 05:37 AM
Mar janes what do you know about his family? Lol let me tell u i agree with how unfortunatethis situation is i as a mother wouldn't be a able to put up with it. But please as for his mother not trying to help with their daughter? What do u know ill fill u in hun she has tried to be ther for that child and all she has gotten has been cursed at and threats she has nothing to do with what happened and as for Maria she breathes on he own and incase you don't know nothing is how every one made it out to be everything was an accident . Any ways to each it own Jason is a good father that would never hurt a women trust and believe I know.

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